Lotusphere 2010: An Oral History Of Ibm Lotus Notes First 20 Years


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From Lotusphere 2010, an informal presentation that looks at the first 20 years of Lotus Notes since its release in 1989. Individual memories, anecdotes, and key milestones covered.

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Lotusphere 2010: An Oral History Of Ibm Lotus Notes First 20 Years

  1. INV107 An Oral History of IBM Lotus Notes: The First Twenty Years Ed Brill | Director, Product Management Scott Souder | Sr. Product Manager, Product Management
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  3. From the edge...  A little passion...  A handful of inspired visionaries...  Some really skilled nerds...  Some crazy sales people...  A cool basement-building...  Some sushi and really BIG burritos...  A little luck...  A whole lot of faith...  20 years...the rest in history!
  4. Lotus Notes® 1.0 – 1989 ,” of n es 6: 9 n t S ga s” e e ot 98 !” 1 98 b ● Ray Ozzie Tim Halvorsen, da TE N 7, 2M n O t b iat c e , 1 rks r : Len Kawell e en oc ffi r 11 wo be ed e sc O N pm ss O e g m p D AT e lo is A “ ris tob rdin I c e ce zip PL ev , “Ir O rwa D es , ● Later...Steve Beckhardt i D 4 8 fo S: pp and Alan Eldridge 19 ot e FC Flo ”N 4
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  6. Notes 2.0 – 1991 y s s: ilit rs PI m ” a b e A ru tes al om c t of Fo No r s us n tio PC is fo c c ' s “Ir d ge du on d to ne r ro ys ig r la I nt D erre es fo r f D t he re Es tes on a u s ill G oc 1, B F 9 9 ,1 ch ar M Tradition of working on next release before shipping current development effort began (e.g., V2 efforts started in 1989, V3 discussions started in 1991, etc.) 6
  7. Notes V3 – May, 1993 ½ million users First “mainstream” Notes release Suitable for 200 simultaneous server-based users Added: ● Mac client ● Threading ● Document hierarchy ● Windows server ● Full-text search 7
  8. 1993/1994 – Notes marketplace matures ● Lotus shipped additional templates to create vision ▬ CSERV customer service application ▬ The “Nifty Fifty” ● Partner community expanding rapidly ▬ Custom applications, extensions ● Acquisition of cc:Mail® – concept of customer-controlled migration was introduced ▬ “Lotus Communications Server,” aka Notes R4, announced September, 1993 ● Opening of the Internet to commercial interests introduced pending intersection...or collision 8
  9. 1995 – IBM Acquisition ● Lotus stock had performed in a less than stellar fashion ● AT&T® Network Notes introduced to huge fanfare, but quickly devalued due to the Internet ● Microsoft® Office™ and Windows™ 95 introduced into the market ● IBM acquires Lotus for US$3.5 billion in July, 1995 9
  10. The first re-invention of Notes IBM® Lotus Notes® R4.0 ● Evolution into client/server messaging January, 1996 product ▬ New UI, new messaging capabilities ● First “Professional Programmer” release ▬ Lotuscript introduced, new APIs, net tools ● Pressure to evolve more quickly ▬ “Internet time” ▬ Introduction of major features in point releases ▬ Introduction of “QMR” process 10
  11. 9 96 1 – 4.6 5/ R 4. es N ot ● First feature release since 1.1 within a major release ● Introduction of Calendaring & Scheduling ● Separate download for “Domino,” a web application server add-on – shipped as “4.6” ● Added support for emerging Internet standards: POP, IMAP, LDAP, NNTP, HTTP ● Added support for new platforms 11
  12. 1996 to 1998 – Explosive growth, explosive market ● Microsoft® Exchange™ 1.0 4.0 shipped in April, 1996 ▬ The “seat wars” were on... ▬ Notes price drop from US$270/user to ~US$70 ● Netscape® announced groupware servers/ clients in October, 1996 ▬ “IBM will no longer be recommending Netscape products to it customers,” said John Patrick ,IBM vice president of Internet technology ● 20 million seats, but... ▬ Longer release cycles ▬ “Notes is dead” – Internet seen as replacement ▬ “Decline and Fall of Lotus” written in Forbes magazine ▬ Realization that IBM integration should have begun sooner 12
  13. Notes R5 – March, 1999 First major renovation of the Notes user interface Introduction of Java, Javascript, CORBA/IIOP, native SMTP/MIME Introduction of separate Domino Administrator tool Features released in interim MRs included: ● 5.0.2 – Linux server ● 5.0.5 – “Bluejay,” iNotes Access for Microsoft® Outlook™, OLE/DB connector, DNFS ● 5.0.8 – iNotes Web Access 13
  14. IBM Lotus Notes 6 / Domino® 6 October, 2002 The beginnings of integrating with the rest of the IBM Software portfolio Focus on mobility – IBM Lotus Domino Everyplace®, IBM Lotus EasySync® Pro, etc. Substantial user interface improvements Improved system administration: ● Policy-based administration ● Server/performance The last BIG release – monitor Future releases faster, more focused 14
  15. Notes 6.5 / Domino 6.5 – September, 2003 ● Integration of IBM Lotus Sametime® instant messaging into Notes client at no additional charge ▬ Awareness, presence capabilities ● A dozen “best of breed” end-user features ● Mozilla browser support, first foray into supported Linux® clients ● More integration across IBM Software portfolio ● 6.5.1 – an aligned server release ▬ QuickPlace, Sametime, DomDoc® 6.5.1 all released within 90 days ▬ All supported on current, concurrent server level for the first time 15
  16. Notes 7 / Domino 7 – August, 2005 ● Major update of Domino server architecture ▬ Massive scalability and performance enhancements ▬ Improvements to system administration and autonomic system management – Activity trends, Domino Domain Monitor, policy-based administration, SmartUpgrade ▬ Introduction of Domino Web Services ▬ Limited introduction of IBM DB2® as alternative data store ● Major update to Domino Web Access ● New incremental client features ▬ Autosave, multi-threaded views, better window state management ● 7.0.2 “Innovation Pack” – blog template, sever RSS feeds, “Notes on a USB stick” 16
  17. Notes 8 / Domino 8 – August, 2007 ● First announced in Hannover, Germany – June, 2005 ▬ Built on IBM Lotus Expeditor®, IBM's universal managed client software, which in turn, is built on the Eclipse framework ▬ Wiring of Eclipse plug-ins with Notes applications – “Composite” applications – now possible ▬ Notes is now a Java-based platform! ● Sidebar to display context-sensitive information (Sametime contacts, day-at-a-glance, RSS/ATOM feeds) ● Additional features ▬ Support for “activity-centric” computing, “productivity editors” based on ODF, mail recall, “conversation mode” for e-mail threads, “Open” button for fast access to applications ● Server improvements in performance, administration and serviceability including support for RedHat® Linux 5 17
  18. Notes 8.5 / Domino 8.5 January, 2009 Xpages for Notes client AND browser DCT Eclipse-based Domino Designer® DAOS refinements Notes Traveler 8.5.1 supports the Apple® iPhone® 18
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  20. “Proven in Production” Release-to-release compatibility = Longer-lasting applications “Laura Moyet” “ODS 14” “1989” “A-O-D” 20
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  23. Ed, From my buying Notes to replace PROFS in 91-92 to make the Vermont DMV collaborate, to solving the Purchase & Use Tax refund crisis, to making sure Colin Powell fnished his speech on time at the 99 convention, to helping the Navies of the world fght pirates last year, Notes/Domino has worked. If the organization I m working in has Notes, most of the battle has been teaching them how to use it and how powerful it is. Rob Novak and I are hoping to solve even more of the government s information sharing problems before we re done.. Talk to you soon, Mike Grifes Former DoD Senior Executive Service US Navy Captain, Retired 23
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  26. Here's to the next 20 years!! ed_brill@us.ibm.com scott_souder@us.ibm.com 26
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  28. History of Lotus Notes – Videos used during Lotusphere presentation 28